Press Releases

February 1, 2017

SPP’s Sugg testifies to lawmakers that electric utility industry is committed to security of the power grid

At today’s House Subcommittee on Energy hearing titled “The Electricity Sector’s Efforts to Respond to Cybersecurity Threats,” Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Security Officer Barbara Sugg testified on behalf of the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) — of which SPP is a member — an association of North American regional transmission organizations and independent system operators that ensure electric reliability and oversee wholesale electricity markets in their respective regions.

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January 31, 2017

Southwest Power Pool elects Mark Crisson to Board of Directors, approves 13 transmission upgrades

At a meeting in Dallas on Jan. 31, the members of Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable sources of electricity, elected Mark Crisson to the company’s board of directors and approved construction of 13 transmission upgrades as part of their Integrated Transmission Planning (ITP) process.

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December 16, 2016

Southwest Power Pool celebrates 75 years of electric reliability through relationships

On Dec. 16, 1941, in support of the American war effort, 11 electric utilities agreed to pool their resources to keep power flowing to Jones Mill — an aluminum production facility outside Malvern, Ark. President Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime goal to produce 50,000 airplanes per year had created the need for huge quantities of aluminum, and Jones Mill’s operation would require 120 megawatts of power — exceeding its home state’s installed capacity of 100 MW at the time. From the utilities’ partnership, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) was formed, and the new organization was successful in pooling power to support the plant. After the war, SPP continued as a leader providing safe, reliable power to U.S. homes.

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October 11, 2016

Total savings from SPP’s markets cross the $1 billion mark

As of September 2016, Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) wholesale electricity markets have reduced the cost of electricity by more than $1 billion since 2014, the regional transmission organization (RTO) announced Tuesday.

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August 23, 2016

Customizable mapping tool provides improved situation awareness for grid operators

Knowing what is occurring in many places at one time — and being able to process that information quickly — is critical to the success of an electric grid operator.

Today, two grid operators are using a visualization tool, designed by their own in-house experts, that is helping their operations teams maintain that awareness more efficiently and effectively than ever before, and it is available at no cost to other entities that can benefit from this type of resource.

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June 23, 2016

SPP Seeks Industry Experts to Assess Competitive Transmission Project Proposals

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is accepting applications to serve on an independent panel to review transmission construction proposals in 2017.

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April 26, 2016

SPP board votes to lower planning reserve margins, award first competitively bid project, approve $363M in transmission upgrades

Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors today approved two recommendations, lowering the regional transmission organization’s (RTO) planning reserve margin and naming the designated transmission owner (DTO) responsible for construction of SPP’s first competitively bid transmission project.

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April 12, 2016

SPP completes competitive transmission project process, publishes industry expert report and recommendation to board

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) today published its first Industry Expert Panel (IEP) Recommendation Report assessing competitive proposals for construction of the “Walkemeyer” project: an estimated 21-mile, 115kV line from Walkemeyer to North Liberal in western Kansas. This report includes the IEP’s recommendation to the SPP board of directors for the selection of a designated transmission owner (DTO) and an alternate DTO.

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March 23, 2016

SPP RE Trustees elect new chairman

On March 22, the Southwest Power Pool Regional Entity Trustees held a public teleconference to elect a new chairman, due to the resignation of former chairman John Meyer. Dave Christiano was elected as the new SPP RE Trustees chairman. Please contact Emily Pennel for more information.

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February 29, 2016

SPP employees inspire students to explore STEM education

SPP hosted more than 100 high-school students from across the state Feb. 25 to demonstrate to them the value of STEM education in our work.

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